Days of Palestine

Thursday, February 2

Israeli Occupation Court Extends Isolation of Ahmed Manasra

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Israeli occupation court extended Thursday, 24 November 2022 the solitary confinement of Palestinian detainee Ahmad Manasra for an additional 4 months despite the serious deterioration in his mental health.

Israeli occupation court in Beersheba accepted the request of the Israeli occupation prosecution and the prison administration to renew the solitary confinement of the prisoner Ahmed Manasra for another 4 months in the Israeli prison of Shikma, The Palestinian prisoners’ media reported

Ahmed’s mother said that her son’s condition is getting worse because he has been in solitary confinement in the Israeli prison of Ashkelon for a long time and he does not see or talk to anyone.

“Ahmed must be released and we must stand up to the Israeli occupation and put pressure on it so that we do not lose my son in isolation.”, she said.

Ahmad has been held in solitary confinement since early November 2021 and his mental condition has deteriorated due to the harsh conditions of his detention, the solitary confinement, and, more tragically, the isolation away from his family.

Despite Ahmad’s aggravated mental health conditions, Israeli authorities have rejected requests by Ahmad’s lawyers for his early release.

Ahmad has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, is suffering from psychotic delusions, and is severely depressed with suicidal thoughts, according to psychological staff following up on his case. 

Ahmad is one of nearly 400 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons. Palestinian children are routinely subject to torture and abuse under interrogation, solitary confinement during interrogation, beating and kicking by Israeli occupation troops, threats of sexual assault, and other forms of abuse.